Ozark Hellbender Population Increases with MoConservation and 9PBS and my724outdoors.com!

Ozark Hellbender Population Increases with MoConservation and 9PBS and my724outdoors.com!

Thanks to a programs by The St. Louis Zoo and Missouri Department of Conservation there is continued success in the efforts to save the Ozark Hellbender salamander from extinction. By breeding hellbenders in captivity and tracking the amphibians that have been re-introduced in Ozark streams, we are seeing a bounce back in populations.

The Ozark hellbender is an endangered species. Endangered species are animals and plants that are in danger of becoming extinct. Threatened species are those that are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. Identifying, protecting, and restoring endangered and threatened species are primary objectives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species program.

What is the Ozark Hellbender?

Appearance: The Ozark hellbender is a large, strictly aquatic salamander found only in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Adults may grow up to 2 feet long. Its flattened body shape enables it to move in fast flowing streams. Hellbenders also have a large, keeled tail and tiny eyes. Numerous fleshy folds along the sides of their bodies provide surface area for respiration.

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